Cruelty-free​ vs. vegan.

As a ‘seasoned’ vegan I should have my vegan makeup game down, but I don’t. So I am doing my research today and sharing it with the handful of readers I have. cruelty-free: (adj.) (of cosmetics or other commercial products) manufactured or developed by methods which do not involve cruelty to animals. A product that is vegan does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. To many the term “vegan” also means that a product is free from animal testing as well. – Source What is the difference? When a cosmetics company takes a pledge to avoid unnecessarily product or ingredient testing…

Dear vegans, don’t be ‘pscho grass eaters’.

As a long-ish term vegan, I think I am past the ‘all or nothing’ attitude that so many young/new vegans (including myself) have at the beginning. You know, when you think YOU are going to be the one to change the world with YOUR vegan message. Now, two years in, I’d like to think veganism for me has become less about ME and more about the movement as a whole, and the greater picture. Someone today asked me if, when going to a restaurant that offers a vegan-friendly option, technically it means that by default you’d still be consuming some level…

Elite Newcastle: 6-week body transformation

Hello, what follows is my diary of the 6-week journey of losing 20lbs and getting fitter. :) Pre-challenge Basically Elite: Transform is a 6-week challenge/ boot camp to improve your fitness, weight loss, eating, creating habits etc. It’s about making positive changes, becoming active, building and becoming a part of a community, changing and challenging yourself both physically and mentally. For more info check out Elite website. They offer different programs for different fitness levels or goals so if the 6-week challenge isn’t for you there are other options you can consider and join Elite fam! They have got location in North East…

I always pray or give thanks to the animal before I eat it, so doesn’t this make it okay? – or why I went vegan, part2.

This is the second part of my ‘explaining veganism’ entry, if you haven’t yet read part one of this then please go and do that now. As explained before, I will touch up to some of the FAQ that I have gotten whenever I mention my lifestyle choices. If you have any more questions then send them my way on my social media channels. Veganism is not healthy. Most of the time, this is not even a question, but more of a statement. Yes, it is possible to become malnourished on a vegan diet, just like it is a possibility if you…

Do vegans care about animals more than people? – or why I went vegan, part1.

This is part one of two part blog entries about veganism. This should explain and reflect on all the why’s, but’s, how’s and so on and so forth. Part one (this post) will basically highlight how I came about going vegan, how I am adjusting and how I find it. Part two will be sort of like FAQ’s and anything else that I hadn’t covered in part one. I think I have already answered the ‘why’ question with the educate yourself on veganism blog entry. For those, who didn’t bother reading that post – I went vegan for humanitarian, ethical and…

Minimalism, veganism and envirounment.

“The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil,” the recipient Eileen Fisher of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year.  – Source I’ve been vegan for nearly two years now. I’ve worked part-time in retail even longer. I’ve seen the waste retail produces and this is why I believe minimalism and veganism go hand in hand. For someone who’s primary reason for switching to a vegan lifestyle were the environmental impacts, I find minimalism just as important. Words cannot describe the amount of paper, plastic and other waste…

Welcome to school Simona, this is your homework: go watch some movies.

A lot of people have a very little understanding of to why I made the decision to pursue a plant-based diet and a cruelty-free and animal product free lifestyle. I have compiled TOP 10 movies, I believe, everyone should watch and then start the discussions with me of how veganism is wrong, unnatural, unhealthy blah, blah, blah, blah. Please educate yourself first before diving into this topic. All of the titles are linked to the representative imdb page for further information. Most of these can be pretty easily found on youtube. I wanted this blog post to be featured on…